Ruth Merrill

Brief Life History of Ruth

When Ruth Merrill was born on 15 March 1743, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Joseph Merrill Sr., was 33 and her mother, Ruth Corliss, was 30. She married Captain Jesse Willson Sr. on 28 May 1762, in Pelham, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1779, in Antrim, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 36, and was buried in Old Town Cemetery, Newton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

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Family Time Line

Captain Jesse Willson Sr.
1739–1810
Ruth Merrill
1743–1779
Marriage: 28 May 1762
Sarah Wilson
1764–1857
Patty Wilson
1766–1851
Jesse Wilson Jr
1768–1812
Hannah Wilson
1769–1858
Benjamin A. Wilson
1771–1849
James Wilson
1772–1853
Eliab Wilson
1774–1859
David Wilson
1775–1832
Nathanael Wilson
1777–1807
Abigail Wilson
1779–

Sources (27)

  • Ruth Merrill, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Ruth Merrill, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Unknown in entry for David Wilson and Sarah Young, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"

World Events (2)

1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776

New Hampshire is 9th state.

Name Meaning

Welsh and English: from a female personal name of Celtic origin, found in Welsh as Meriel and Meryl and in Irish as Muirgheal, earlier Muirgel (‘sea-bright’).

English: habitational name from one or more of the many places whose names derive from Middle English mirie, merie, murie ‘merry, pleasant’ (Old English myrge) + hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll), including two places called Merry Hill in Staffordshire and a third in Hertfordshire.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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